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image SM Adam volume 52/152

Reference number

SM Adam volume 52/152

Purpose

[111] Preliminary design for embroidery designs for a circular pole screen, 1779, unexecuted

Aspect

Plan of a circular embroidery design for a pole screen, with a central medallion containing flowers, flanked by urns supported by thyrsi, with a apron of festoons, and beneath are further festoons supporting birds, and set within a circular frame ornamented with wreaths, and enclosed anthemia. Below is another embroidery design for a pole screen, with a central medallion containing flowers, encircled by a wreath, and by roundels and festoons hanging from a circular frame ornamented with trefoils

Scale

rough bar scale of 2/5 inch to 1 foot

Inscribed

1st a Border of / Voilets in the / Natural Colours / 2d Green flowers / with pink flowers / 3d Japan[ _ _ _ ] / with Yellow / flowers, & / Green leaves / 4th Green od / Natural flowers / The fillets a / Darkish Chocolate / Colour and some measurements given in pencil

Signed and dated

datable to 1779

Medium and dimensions

Pen and pencil on laid paper (196 x 301)

Hand

Robert Adam

Literature

For a full list of literature references see scheme notes.

Level

Drawing

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